Patricia Schaeffer

Founding Principal

As a co-founder of Talent Strategy Partners, Pat works with organizations' senior executives to build and maintain a robust leadership pipeline through succession planning and leadership development. Her expertise is creating behavioral roadmaps to reinforce company culture and enhance organization effectiveness.

Formally trained as a group facilitator, through both Synectics and the Creative Problem Solving Group, Pat has extensive experience guiding groups to achieve common purpose. With perception, conviction and humor, her highly-focused approach ensures that client initiatives are engaging, implementable, and successful.

With over 30 years of experience, Pat has consulted as well as worked in corporate HR. She served as North American director of compensation at Campbell Soup Company. Her consulting career began as a compensation analyst with Sibson & Company. Before founding Talent Strategy Partners, she was a principal in the Performance and Rewards practice at Mercer HR Consulting in Philadelphia.

Pat is a member of the board of directors of Beacon, the premier business executive network in the mid-Atlantic region; is a member of the Board of Trustees of Springpoint Senior Living, a leader in senior housing and care; and serves on business advisory panels for ATHENAPowerLink NAWBO Delaware Valley. She is a former board member and program co-chair with the Philadelphia Society for People & Strategy and a past President of PEBA, the Philadelphia area’s leading benefits and compensation professional association. The Reinvestment Fund of Philadelphia honored Pat with an award for her design work on their new performance management program.

She is a speaker and has written articles on organization culture, leadership development, succession planning, and professional networking. She has acted as a guest lecturer at St. Joseph’s Haub School of Business, Neumann University, and Wilmington University. She developed a one-day succession planning seminar for the Rutgers University’s Continuing Professional Education program. She conducted the seminar for four years before turning the reins over to the leader of succession planning at American Water. The Reinvestment Fund of Philadelphia honored. Pat has a BA in biology from Millersville University.

Pat and her husband David enjoy hiking and taking time to appreciate nature, as well as to support local culture and people, in their travels. They never tire of their favorite places in the mountains of western US and Canada and in Grenada, West Indies. Whether traveling or at home, Pat is a New York Times crossword puzzler, an NPR junkie, and a voracious reader.